Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, (4/08/2010 - 12/31/2011)

First Preview: Mar 08, 2010
Opening Date: Apr 08, 2010
Closing Date: Dec 31, 2011
Total Previews: 35
Total Performances: 722

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Description: A musical in two acts.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Nederlander Organization (James M. Nederlander: Chairman; James L. Nederlander: President)

Produced by Stuart Oken, Roy Furman, Michael Leavitt, Five Cent Productions, Stephen Schuler, Decca Theatricals, Scott M. Delman, Stuart Ditsky, Terry Allen Kramer, Stephanie P. McClelland, James L. Nederlander, Eva Price, Jam Theatricals/Mary Lu Roffe, Pittsburgh CLO/Gutterman-Swinsky, Vivek Tiwary/Gary Kaplan, The Weinstein Company/Clarence, LLC and Adam Zotovich/Tribe Theatricals; Produced by special arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical

Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice; Music by Andrew Lippa; Lyrics by Andrew Lippa; Based on characters created by Charles Addams; Music orchestrated by Larry Hochman; Musical Director: Mary-Mitchell Campbell; Dance arrangements by August Eriksmoen; Vocal Arrangements and Incidental Music by Andrew Lippa; Additional Orchestrations by August Eriksmoen and Danny Troob

Directed by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch; Choreographed by Sergio Trujillo; Associate Director: Heidi Miami Marshall and Steven Bebout; Associate Choreographer: Dontee Kiehn

Production Design by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch; Lighting Design by Natasha Katz; Sound Design by Acme Sound Partners and Nevin Steinberg; Puppet Design by Basil Twist; Hair Design by Tom Watson; Make-Up Design by Angelina Avallone; Associate Scenic Design: Frank McCullough; Associate Costume Design: MaryAnn D. Smith; Associate Lighting Design: Yael Lubetzky; Associate Sound Design: Jason Crystal

General Manager: 101 Productions, Ltd.; Company Manager: Sean Free; Associate Co. Mgr: Chris D'Angelo

Production Supervisor: Beverley Randolph; Production Manager: Aurora Productions; Stage Manager: Scott Taylor Rollison

Musical Coordinator: Michael Keller; Conducted by Mary-Mitchell Campbell; Associate Conductor: Chris Fenwick; Concert Master: Victoria Paterson; Violin: Sean Carney; Viola: Hiroko Taguchi; Cello: Allison Seidner; Lead Trumpet: Tony Kadleck; Trumpet: Bud Burridge; Trombones/Tuba: Randy Andos; Reed 1: Erica Von Kleist; Reed 2: Charles Pillow; Reed 3: Mark Thrasher; French Horn: Zohar Schondorf; Drums: Damien Bassman; Bass: Dave Kuhn; Keyboard 1: Chris Fenwick; Keyboard 2: Will Van Dyke; Guitars: Jim Hershman; Percussion: Billy Miller; Music Copying: Kaye-Houston Music

Special Effects by Gregory Meeh

Casting: Telsey + Company; General Press Representative: The Publicity Office; Marketing: Type A Marketing; Fight direction by Rick Sordelet; Dance Captain: Liz Ramos; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Photographer: Joan Marcus

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Opening Night Cast

Nathan LaneGomez Addams
(Mar 08, 2010 - Mar 06, 2011)
Bebe NeuwirthMorticia Addams
(Mar 08, 2010 - Jun 26, 2011)
Carolee CarmelloAlice Beineke
(Mar 08, 2010 - Mar 06, 2011)
Kevin ChamberlinUncle Fester
(Mar 08, 2010 - Mar 06, 2011)
Terrence MannMal Beineke
(Mar 08, 2010 - Mar 06, 2011)
Erick BuckleyAddams Ancestor
Rachel deBenedetAddams Ancestor
Matthew GumleyAddams Ancestor
Jackie HoffmanGrandma
Fred InkleyAddams Ancestor
Morgan JamesAddams Ancestor
Zachary JamesLurch
Clark JohnsenAddams Ancestor
Barrett MartinAddams Ancestor
Jessica Lea PattyAddams Ancestor
Liz RamosAddams Ancestor
Adam RieglerPugsley Addams
Krysta RodriguezWednesday Addams
(Mar 08, 2010 - Mar 06, 2011)
Charlie SuttonAddams Ancestor
Wesley TaylorLucas Beineke
(Mar 08, 2010 - Mar 06, 2011)
Aléna WattersAddams Ancestor

Swings: Jim Borstelmann, Colin Cunliffe, Valerie Fagan and Samantha Sturm

Standby: Merwin Foard (Gomez Addams, Mal Beineke)

Understudies: Jim Borstelmann (Gomez Addams, Uncle Fester), Erick Buckley (Uncle Fester), Colin Cunliffe (Lucas Beineke), Rachel deBenedet (Morticia Addams), Valerie Fagan (Alice Beineke, Grandma), Matthew Gumley (Pugsley Addams), Fred Inkley (Lurch, Mal Beineke), Morgan James (Alice Beineke, Wednesday Addams), Clark Johnsen (Lucas Beineke), Barrett Martin (Lurch) and Jessica Lea Patty (Morticia Addams, Wednesday Addams)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2010 Best Original Score Written for the Theatre [nominee] 

Music by Andrew Lippa; Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

 2010 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Kevin Chamberlin

Drama Desk Award

 2010 Outstanding Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Stuart Oken, Roy Furman, Michael Leavitt, Five Cent Productions, Stephen Schuler, Decca Theatricals, Scott M. Delman, Stuart Ditsky, Terry Allen Kramer, Stephanie P. McClelland, James L. Nederlander, Eva Price, Jam Theatricals/Mary Lu Roffe, Pittsburgh CLO/Gutterman-Swinsky, Vivek Tiwary/Gary Kaplan, The Weinstein Company/Clarence, LLC and Adam Zotovich/Tribe Theatricals; Produced by arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical

 2010 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Nathan Lane

 2010 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Kevin Chamberlin

 2010 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Carolee Carmello

 2010 Outstanding Lyrics [nominee] 

Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

 2010 Outstanding Music [nominee] 

Music by Andrew Lippa

 2010 Outstanding Lighting Design [nominee] 

Natasha Katz

winner 2010 Outstanding Set Design [winner] 

Production Design by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch; Puppet Design by Basil Twist


music by Andrew Lippa; lyrics by Andrew Lippa

ACT 1 Sung By
When You're an AddamsThe Addams Family and Ancestors
Where Did We Go WrongMorticia Addams and Gomez Addams
PulledWednesday Addams and Pugsley Addams
Where Did We Go Wrong -- Part 2Morticia Addams and Gomez Addams
One Normal NightCompany
Tango, Tango, TangoMorticia Addams
MorticiaGomez Addams and Male Ancestors
What IfPugsley Addams
Full DisclosureCompany
WaitingAlice Beineke
Full Disclosure -- Part 2Company
ACT 2 Sung By
Just Around the CornerMorticia Addams and Ancestors
The Moon and MeUncle Fester and Female Ancestors
Happy/SadGomez Addams
Crazier Than YouWednesday Addams and Lucas Beineke
Let's Not Talk About Anything Else But LoveMal Beineke, Gomez Addams, Uncle Fester and Grandma
In the ArmsMal Beineke and Alice Beineke
Live Before We DieGomez Addams and Morticia Addams
Tango de AmorMorticia Addams, Gomez Addams and Company
Move Toward the DarknessCompany


AP: "'The Addams Family' mines macabre musical comedy"

If you want to know why musical comedy is such a difficult art form to master, a prime example is now on display at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre where "The Addams Family" has fitfully burst into story and song.

In attempting to give Charles Addams' macabre characters a life beyond the brilliant single-panel cartoons that appeared for years in The New Yorker, the creators of this schizophrenic musical have made them more audience friendly. But in a perverse way, they're not as much fun.

Gomez. Morticia. Uncle Fester. Grandma. Wednesday. Pugsley. Lurch. Weird, of course. But, in a way, just like us ordinary folks, with emotions, insecurities, hopes and fears. That seems to be the thrust of the joke-peppered book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice.

The two have concocted a predictable tale of culture clashes between the oddball Addams crew and the square, straight-laced Ohio family whose son wants to marry almost grown-up Wednesday. It's this juxtaposition of the two families that occupies and undermines much of the musical, particularly in the second act when the anemic plot practically evaporates.

The score by Andrew Lippa, best known as the composer of the off-Broadway "Wild Party," is eclectic, striving to giving each character his or her unique sound. Latin for Gomez, for example. A pop motif for Wednesday. And more traditional Broadway razzmatazz for an almost vaudevillian Uncle Fester.

Lippa's efforts make for a few jaunty tunes and a sizable collection of nimble lyrics the rhythmic opening number that introduces the Addams clan is especially catchy. Unfortunately, they compete with more prosaic songs that fill time rather than advance the minimal story or flesh out the characters in any meaningful way.

Which means a heavy burden is placed on the show's stars to entertain. For the most part, they do, most emphatically Nathan Lane as Gomez, the patriarch of the household.

Lane, complete with a deliciously phony Spanish accent, is the hardest working actor on Broadway. Whatever they are paying him and I hope it is a lot he's worth the price. The actor possesses a theatrical gusto that makes the musical move whenever he is on stage. There's a confidence to his singing, dancing and clowning. He seems to have an innate GPS for finding a laugh.

As Morticia, a sexy Bebe Neuwirth looks gorgeous, even though as Gomez's wife she often has to act as second banana to his flashy high jinks. The creators have tried hard to give her a moment a big dance number at the top of Act 2 but the song and choreography (courtesy of Sergio Trujillo) feel superfluous.

The supporting players also get their chance in the spotlight. The appealing Kevin Chamberlin as the sweet-tempered Uncle Fester sings a love song to the moon, although one wishes the song were better to fully realize the scene's laugh potential.

Jackie Hoffman displays a fine comic lewdness as Grandma, and there are effective cameos by Zachary James as an appropriately cadaverous Lurch and Adam Riegler as a malevolent little Pugsley.

As the young lovers, Krysta Rodriguez and Wesley Taylor are surprisingly bland, but then they are given some of the musical's more simpering material. The performers portraying Wednesday's would-be in-laws Terrence Mann and Carolee Carmello don't stand a chance, either, against the show's more exotic personalities. Still, Carmello, as the flighty potential mother-in-law, has a few moments of delightful giddiness delivering her lines in rhyming, greeting-card cheerfulness.

Ghostly, long-dead Addams ancestors make up the underused chorus, but there is some inventive puppet contributions from Basil Twist including an amorous squid.

It's not easy to determine who exactly directed what in "The Addams Family." The show's out-of-town troubles resulted in Jerry Zaks being brought aboard as "creative consultant," even though both Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch are still credited with the show's choppy direction and elaborate design.

That design includes an elegant, appropriately spooky Victorian mansion, plunked down in New York's Central Park. The setting is stylish and consistently watchable, unlike the patchwork musical it houses. Charles Addams' inspired creations have survived a 1960s television series use of the TV show's memorable finger-snapping theme gets a big laugh here as well as two movies. And they will survive Broadway as well.


Replacement/Transfer Info

The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

(4/8/2010 - 12/31/2011)
Company Manager: Tracy Geltman; Associate Co. Mgr: Christopher Recker(Feb 14, 2011 - ?).

Assistant Stage Mgr: Zac Chandler; Production Stage Manager: Scott Taylor Rollison(Mar 16, 2011 - Dec 31, 2011).


Becca Ayers
Addams Ancestor
Tom Berklund
Addams Ancestor
Heidi Blickenstaff
Alice Beineke (Mar 8, 2011 - ?)
Mo Brady
Addams Ancestor
Stephanie Gibson
Addams Ancestor
Adam Grupper
Mal Beineke (Mar 8, 2011 - ?)
Curtis Holbrook
Addams Ancestor (Mar 28, 2011 - Apr 25, 2011)
Lisa Karlin
Addams Ancestor
Reed Kelly
Addams Ancestor
Brad Oscar
Uncle Fester (Mar 8, 2011 - ?)
Rachel Potter
Wednesday Addams (Mar 8, 2011 - ?)
Roger Rees
Gomez Addams (Mar 22, 2011 - Dec 31, 2011)
Logan Rolwand
Addams Ancestor
Brooke Shields
Morticia Addams (Jun 28, 2011 - Dec 31, 2011)
Jesse Swenson
Lucas Beineke (Mar 8, 2011 - ?)
Cortney Wolfson
Addams Ancestor

Understudies: Becca Ayers (Alice Beineke, Grandma, Morticia Addams), Tom Berklund (Lurch), Mo Brady (Lucas Beineke), Stephanie Gibson (Morticia Addams), Curtis Holbrook (Lucas Beineke), Lisa Karlin (Wednesday Addams), Logan Rolwand (Pugsley Addams), Cortney Wolfson (Wednesday Addams).

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